If you're here on a flying visit – ie driving between Aksum and Mekele with just one night here, you're likely to be restricted to visiting just one of the two most popular monasteries – Abuna Yemata Guh or Maryam Korkor. You may also be able to squeeze in a quick stop at one of the roadside churches – Wukro Cherkos or Medhane Alem Kesho – on your way there, but it's all very rushed.
If you have issues of age and/or mobility and are unable to climb mountains to reach the churches (which is the case with many visitors), we recommend visiting the roadside churches mentioned above, as well as Abraha We Atsbeha.
A two-night stay is, in our view, a recommended minimum and will enable you to visit all of the places listed in the one-day itinerary. Abraha We Atsbeha is also possible in this time frame.
If you're unable to climb, in addition to those churches that are easily reached alongside the road, you could plan a visit to Cheila as well as Maryam Papaseit; the latter requires a 1½-hour walk one way, but the climbing is minimal.